Flattering Outfit Tricks Celebrities Swear By
The world's best-dressed celebrities aren't always the ones with the fanciest, most elaborate outfits. Sometimes, the secret to creating a jaw-dropping look is really just expert styling — as in, finding undergarments, shoes, and materials that work to elongate, enhance, and provide overall balance.
If you're looking for celeb-approved tricks to help elevate your wardrobe, read on for expert advice from author Charla Krupp, who pinpoints a few fashion go-tos you may never have noticed.
Take the Plunge
The upside-down triangle shape of a V-neck opens things up and brings the focus to your face, while also balancing out baggy or bulkier bottoms.
Reach for Pointy Toes
A slender toe and thin heel work to extend your leg, while square-toe styles might actually make you appear shorter.
Invest in Underwear That Fits
Too-snug panties might actually create bulges, while visible panty lines (VPLS) are oftentimes distracting. Instead, opt for something discreet, such as thongs, G-strings, or even a seamless pair of cheekies should you desire more coverage.
Every great outfit begins with the right foundation, and aside from creating a sleek and smooth look, these pieces work to lift and accentuate, too.
Use Jewelry Strategically
- Long necklaces add length to a short neck and bring attention away from hips and to the front and center of your body. Mid-chest bibs or big chandeliers say look at the face and not the middle. Sparkly cuffs, stacks of bangles, and cocktail rings draw the eye to wrists instead of upper arms.
Pick Simple, Unadorned Denim
Consider investing in some dark, unembellished straight-leg or boot-cut jeans. These simple styles are sleek and won't cut your off, creating a long and lean appearance.
Layer a Jacket Over Jeans
The crisp, straight lines and narrow lapels of a blazer will balance things out and ensure your look is extra sharp.
Think About Fabric
While shopping, consider materials. Cotton, denim, silk, or wool gabardine are generally on the slimmer side and won't add any extra volume. Wide wale corduroy, on the other hand, along with crushed velvet, leather, suede, mohair, angora, taffeta, boucle, and flannel, tend to be a bit bulkier.
Tops and bottoms of the same color create an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look taller.
Match Your Shoe Color to Your Leg
Coordinate tones to elongate your bottom half. In winter, wear black opaque tights and black pumps; in summer, try neutral skin-hued versions with bare legs.
Wear You Hair Up and Off Your Face
Pull your hair into a high ponytail or bun on the back of your head and then lightly tease at the crown to bring out your bone structure.